Moloch Lives

This is vile:

An anti-abortion group on Tuesday released an undercover video of an executive at Planned Parenthood sipping red wine while discussing in graphic detail how to abort a fetus to preserve its organs for medical research — and also the costs associated with sharing that tissue with scientists.

The video, filmed by a group called the Center for Medical Progress, threatens to reignite a long-standing debate over the use of fetal tissue harvested through abortions, and could add fuel to efforts seeking to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy…

Planned Parenthood is claiming that this is all done with permission from the victims and that they don’t profit off it. But, all that is just bull. If someone gives you money for something, you certainly aren’t losing money from the deal…and as the video shows the PP doctor going into detail about how careful they are to kill in a manner which preserves body parts, it is highly unlikely there is no profit involved (you simply wouldn’t work that hard at a thing unless there’s a payday at the end of it). Do keep in mind that the PP doctor was having a nice meal while discussing the horrific practice…new idea for a movie: Breakfast at Mengele’s.

This should cause an immediate end to any government funding of Planned Parenthood, but I also urge people not to get too hung up just on that organization. They are not instigators of the modern barbarism but just an effect of it. And just you wait – with assisted suicide rolling down the line, we’ll be harvesting organs from the elderly, ill and depressed in short order. This is what comes of a society which does not hold to the sanctity of human life. If you wonder why our free speech and freedom of religion is under attack, look no further than the attitude which allows elective abortion and assisted suicide. If human life is contingent upon the convenience of others, then it is nothing to destroy their freedom of speech and conscience.

Abortion was, is and always will be the most important issue – if we can’t protect the lives of children, then we can’t protect anyone’s life. If the life of a child is worthless, then all our lives are worthless. This is why the conservative movement must never, ever give up on the life issue. It is the key to all things – if we can’t defend life, then we are defending nothing at all.

Looking at 2016

I don’t know who the nominee will be – and that goes for both Democrats and Republicans.

To be sure, I don’t expect a surge for Lincoln Chafee on the Democrat side and Hillary is still polling way ahead…but, then again, she was polling way ahead at this time in 2007, as well. She’s a lousy candidate and no one likes her. Her campaign slogan should be, “Let’s Get it Over With: Hillary, 16″. That she has the inside track to the nomination and an even money shot at being elected President shows how empty and meaningless the Democrat party has become, and how confused and divided the GOP currently is. Hillary is the front runner and the likely nominee, but she’s so terrible that anything can happen…and if a credible female candidate enters the race, she’ll lose the nomination (Warren is the most likely – but she might be cagey enough to realize its a tall order to win with the Obama millstone around Democrat necks…maybe better to wait until 2020).

Other than that, there isn’t much else to be said about the Democrats. They won’t have any new ideas; they won’t run on a specific set of policy proposals; they are all creatures of the Establishment and won’t dare change anything. Whoever wins the nomination won’t win it on merits, but just on appearances…which is why Hillary is so far ahead: she’s a woman. Were she male (or never married to Bill Clinton), we’d never have heard of her.

On to the GOP side. Geesh, what a mess, so far. In no particular order:

Donald Trump: certainly the most interesting person out there but he’s never going to win. It is useful to have him shaking things up and the GOP Establishment should pay attention to why Trump is shaking things up: he’s talking about things our Establishment is too chicken to talk about. To be sure, there are better ways to talk about things, but if we never even raise the subject we’ll never get anywhere. We do need someone with Trump’s willingness to mix it up, but without Trump’s baggage.

Chris Christie: his moment was 2012 when everyone was casting about for a credible Not Romney. He should have jumped in then – he could have won the nomination, and might even have beaten Obama. If he lost the nomination to Romney in 2012, he’d be the front runner in 2016…and even if he lost in the general to Obama, he’d still have a shot at it in 2016. He missed his moment – and that embrace of Obama after Sandy will never, ever be forgiven by the GOP base. He could win the New Hampshire primary, but I don’t think he’ll win much beyond that. But if he does and he goes up against Clinton, I’d figure his chances at winning the general in the 10% range. He’s too Establishment and has no real way to differentiate himself from Hillary.

Jeb Bush: I like him. He’s a good man. He’s a good executive. But he is also way too Establishment and the fact that his last name is Bush and the fact that he and his family are close, personal friends of the Clintons means he is an absolute, bet your last dollar on it loser in the general. But I don’t think he’ll last too long in the primaries – he won’t win Iowa, probably won’t win New Hampshire, will not win South Carolina and with Rubio competing with him in Florida, I don’t see much chance for him there, either. 0-4 is not the way winning candidacies roll forward.

Lindsey Graham: are you kidding? I mean, seriously: what on earth makes him think that a Senate back-bencher who routinely ticks off TEA Party types can win the GOP nomination? Or that the eventual nominee would pick him for VP?

Ben Carson: arguably the first or second smartest person in the competition, and that goes for both sides. A lot of great, common sense. Never ran for office before. Won’t win a primary. Slight possibility of a VP pick.

Mike Huckabee: might win Iowa. Won’t win anything else. Evangelicals love him, but will want to back a winner. Huckabee ain’t it.

Rand Paul: Not a person to be President. Sorry, but his dad’s craziness just makes you wonder how far the apple fell from the tree. To be sure, he is clearly a lot smarter than the old man, but you still wonder. Any GOP President who doesn’t make him Attorney General and eventually put him on the Supreme Court has done a great disservice to our Republic; but he’s not my guy for President and I don’t think he’ll do well in the primaries outside of Iowa where his dad’s legions are probably still available for caucus night.

Rick Santorum: he’s actually just about what anyone would want in a conservative, Republican President. Have to admit that as a Catholic I’ve got a lot of liking for the former Senator. In less insane times, he’d probably have a good shot at it – but he’d be ripped to shreds in the general by an Establishment (GOP and Democrat) who would fear his overt social conservatism and populist rhetoric. By August of 2016 the Establishment would have the LIV thinking that Santorum would revive the Inquisition.

George Pataki: a bit like Santorum in that he’d be a good candidate for less insane times. He was a pretty decent governor and he would have some appeal in the Northeast which would help the GOP in the general election. He’s far more substantial on every level than any of the prospective Democrat candidates and if we were to have a race based upon reality, Pataki would be able to win. As we’re in Progressive la-la land we need, however, someone who can better stand up to the lunatics who are running the asylum.

Rick Perry: what’s not to love? Long term governor of a big State with massive economic success behind him while being someone who has been both tough on border security while also being humane about illegal immigrants. He might surprise us all and emerge from the pack. It would be a difficult thing to do – and if he does it, he’ll prove formidable in the general election. The question is given the embarrassing wealth of talent and appeal from the various GOP candidates, just how does Perry shake off his 2012 melt down and gain traction? I don’t see how he does it – if he does, then he deserves to win.

Carly Fiorina: where was this version of Carly when she was running for Senate in California? She’s just brilliant in her attacks on Hillary and the Democrats. Great stuff and the base loves it – and will love it more as the primaries approach and everyone starts to pay more attention. Can she make the jump from failed Senate candidate to successful Presidential candidate? I doubt it.

Ted Cruz: just a great, great man who demonstrates the enduring strength of the United States. But firebrands have a hard time of it in Presidential primaries which tend to sift out such people. Cruz is no more conservative than Reagan, but Reagan wasn’t a firebrand. There is actually a way to do this, and I don’t think Cruz is doing it right. To be sure, he’d get my enthusiastic support if he’s nominated, but I think he’s a person too easily slandered by the left. It’d be difficult to imagine him getting to 51% in the general election.

Bobby Jindal: you all know I like the man. He’s been a successful everything-he’s-tried. He was thumpingly re-elected to the governorship and has presided over the utter destruction of the Democrat party in Louisiana. With Carson, he’s either the first or second smartest person in the field. He’s got a good reform record and in spite of Progressive attempts to paint him as some sort of traitor to his ethnic background, race-based attacks on him will probably fall flat – people just won’t buy it. But does he have the grit to really go toe to toe with the Democrats and their MSM lapdogs? We’ll only find out if he’s the nominee – and to get there, he’s got to strike early. By the time the votes are tallied in Florida, he had better have won a contest or he’s probably out of the race.

Scott Walker: he destroyed the left in Wisconsin. Three times. He’s frozen college tuition for four straight years. He’s ending tenure. He broke up the government unions. And he’s done it without antagonizing anyone but kook leftists. If he wins Iowa and then wins New Hampshire, it might be all over but the shouting in the GOP contest…the Establishment will swing behind him while plenty of TEA Party types will also come over to him. Of all the GOP candidates, I think he’s in the best position to win in the general, especially if matched with Governor Martinez or Senator Rubio as VP.

Well, that is how I see it for now – I’ve no dog in this hunt, really. We’ll all have to see how it goes.

Out and About on a Saturday

The longer I live the more convinced I become that any concentration of power or wealth is a threat to human liberty. I can’t say I’ve got the answers to how to fix the problem, but our Constitution provides a framework for making sure that no one gets on top of another in any long-term manner…but we on the right need to seriously and deeply consider just how we will change the Constitution when we obtain power (and we will: eventually, these Progressive nitwits will wreck everything and we’ll be called in to repair the world). Term limits (everyone who goes into politics long enough gets captured by the system…so don’t let anyone be there that long); strict controls on who is allowed to spend government money; beefed up protections for the dissenters…such things need to be built into our laws; and now that we’ve learned a few lessons, built in such a way that the con-artists will have a difficult time dismantling what we put in place.

What Media Bias? Part 200 – CNN blames the GOP for Archuleta being in charge of OPM:

…When she won Senate confirmation to lead the Office of Personnel Management, the chief objections from lawmakers who voted against her focused on Obamacare.

That was October, 2013, and the 62-35 vote reflected the political concerns at the time about how the agency, which serves as the federal government’s HR department, would implement parts of the health care law opposed by Republicans…

…Less attention focused on the agency’s role in handling government security clearances and how it safeguards some of the most sensitive U.S. government databases.

Even less was paid to why Archuleta — whose most recent job was as a national political director for Obama for America, the President’s reelection campaign — was the person to help fix what was an agency already struggling to deal with technology problems and serious data breaches.

Aides to Republican lawmakers who voted for her confirmation now acknowledge they didn’t pay enough attention to the importance of technology in the agency Archuleta was taking over…

One, small fact: the Senate was in Democrat hands when Archuleta was confirmed. 35 GOPers voted against her. All 55 Democrats voted for her. Even if all 45 GOPers in the Senate at that time voted “no” she still would have been confirmed. She’s a Democrat political hack put into office by Obama and a supine, then-Democrat-controlled Senate…and CNN wants LIV to believe that somehow the GOP failed here.

Does the United States need an exorcism? I’m no theologian – but, what the heck: give it a try.

South Carolina Republicans removed the Confederate Battle Flag from the State House today. It must be noted that Democrats put it there and Democrats never made a move to remove it.

The South Carolina shooter obtained his firearm via a loophole in the law – this loophole is called The Miserably Incompetent Big Government loophole. According to Progs, it can only be fixed by making the government bigger and more incompetent.

Everyone is agog over Fox’s Megyn Kelly calling out Obama on not commenting on the murder of Kate Steinle by an illegal immigrant in a sanctuary city. I guess it is nice that someone mentioned it, but it is also quite pointless. Obama isn’t commenting on it because no comment he can make will work to his political advantage. So, it becomes a non-event – and next week we’ll move on to the next story and in a month or two Obama will be back on the hustings pressing for “comprehensive immigration reform”. Fighting Obama in the political arena is not about calling him out on his dishonesty – it is about actually fighting him. Until someone steps up and says “no” to him, we’re just spinning our wheels.

A World Flying Out of Control

I suggested that the Chinese government would just order their money bags to stay in the market – and I was right:

China’s securities regulator banned major shareholders, corporate executives and directors from selling stakes in listed companies for six months, its latest effort to stop the nation’s $3.5 trillion stock-market rout.

Oddly enough, right about the time this order came down the line, the New York Stock Exchange had a “technical glitch”, halting trading for a few hours. Don’t you just love completely unrelated coincidences? I know I do.

Obama may just give up on setting a dead line for the Iranians to agree to a nuke deal – I guess he figures it will take them a while to figure out just how much Obama is willing to surrender and he’s kindly giving them time to expand their wish list.

Greece is asking for a three year stay on financial execution – because if the EU just shovels more cash at Greece they’re sure to reform. Right?

Because the world is so peaceful, the Army has unveiled plans to reduce our active forces by 40,000 troops.

Russia and China are getting more buddy-buddy all the time. This is amazingly stupid on the part of Russia because only in alliance with the United States can Russia hang on to Siberia in the long term…but, meanwhile, this budding alliance is a threat to the United States. Which makes our Army reductions even more sensible. Right?

The murder rate in Baltimore has skyrocketed – so the mayor of Baltimore has fired the chief of police because Reasons.

A judge is really upset at the way the Obama Administration has just ignored court orders, lied to him and essentially gone off in a lawless manner on Obama’s amnesty program. He has ordered the offending officials to appear personally in court to explain why they shouldn’t be held in contempt of court. Problem is, these guys are already breaking the law – I doubt they’ll mind breaking it, again, by not showing up as the judge has ordered. Here’s a little secret for you, boys and girls, the Judicial can only enforce its decrees with the voluntary cooperation of the Executive…in other words, all Judicial decisions are just words on paper unless the Executive decides to give force to them. To be sure, the Executive should obey Judicial orders, but if the Executive doesn’t, the only recourse is for the Legislative to impeach the Executive, which will never happen. Our government only works when people obey the rules. Welcome to a government which doesn’t obey the rules.

ISIS is crucifying people for not obeying the requirements of Ramadan. Once again, glad or Army is being reduced by 40,000 troops.

Israel and India are drawing together – faced with a lot of the same enemies, they probably figure this will be useful…and as neither of them can count on American support…

Everyone hates Donald Trump these days. He’s a blowhard. A clown. He doesn’t do politics right. To be sure, he’s not my choice for President, but the man does have guts. He’s actually losing deals and money because he’s taking a stand. Maybe it’s the wrong stand (remember: I’m the pro-amnesty guy), but he’s taking it…a little courage is refreshing. And single-handed he has taken the discussion on illegal immigration away from the “DREAMers” and put it squarely where it belongs – on the astonishing level of criminality surrounding illegal immigration. No one really has a word to say against someone who is coming to get a job – but because we allow illegal immigration – because, that is, we’re refusing to enforce our own laws – the law-breakers have completely taken over. That horrid murder in San Francisco (by an illegal immigrant, with an illegally-obtained weapon, in a gun-free zone, in a Sanctuary City) has, I think, started to focus the public mind on the real problem – and Trump was out in front on it. The GOP should stop jumping on Trump and start challenging Democrats over their lack of support for border security.

Remain Calm: All is Well!

Just had to put this up from Zero Hedge:

China Bans Use Of Terms “Equity Disaster” And “Rescue The Market”

…And so, with every attempt to manipulate the (Chinese) market higher falling flat in the face of selling pressure from the hairdresser/ farmer/ banana vendor day trading crowd (which has now thrown in the towel on the whole “it’s easier than farm work” theory and now just wants to break even and head for the hills) the only thing left for China to do is “fix” the narrative.

In other words, when banning selling doesn’t work, the logical next step is to ban talking about selling

…So apparently, Beijing will now prevent journalists from accidentally jawboning the market lower so that Party mouthpiece media outlets are free to jawbone the market higher.

Needless to say, we doubt if this hail Mary attempt to rescue the market will do anything at all to save China from its homemade equity disaster.

Indeed. I haven’t paid too much attention to the market slide in China because I just figured the Chinese government would order stocks to go higher – telling the money bags in China that they’d better buy or else, ya dig? But if China’s market has got a huge number of small traders who are now getting burned…well, you can shoot a dozen bankers who don’t cooperate: its a much more difficult prospect to shoot 100,000 small investors who are bailing out.

There is one thing I do know about markets – when average folks start borrowing money to invest in it because it will always go higher, then it is crash time.  We’ll see how this plays out – but China has already lost $3 trillion in stock value since June…ain’t looking too pretty.

The Problem With Bold, New Thinking: Its Rather Old and Worn Out

Jeffrey Taylor in The Atlantic reviews Jerry Coyne’s new book, Faith Versus Fact and has this to say:

…Primarily, though, Coyne focuses on the epistemological. He notes that religion has always advanced hypotheses about the cosmos and the origins of life—matters that he argues belong within the realm of science. He bluntly evaluates faith’s record of teachings about the natural world as a “failure of religion to find out the truth about anything.” Worse, he states, faith from the start leads humans toward “thinking that an adequate explanation can be based on what is personally appealing rather than on what stands the test of empirical study.”

Coyne is clear in his argument that to understand the cosmos there is no need of a “Creator.” What science says about the temporal nature of our own solar system, in fact, renders more than improbable the existence of a divine plan for humanity. “Human tenure on Earth,” he writes, “will end when the sun … vaporize[s] the Earth in less than five billion years,” while the universe “will also end [through] heat death,” with temperatures falling to absolute zero. What does this say for those who insist there’s a divine plan for mankind on Earth? The “God of the gaps,” Coyne argues, is losing out as science fills in the missing pieces…

Gee? Really?  Well, that settles it – since this universe of ours is doomed to die, there must be no God.

Do people really believe this sort of thing?  Have the people who make such statements ever so much as cracked open a theological book? As for humanity surviving five billion years until the Sun vaporizes the planet – seriously? Anyone who is betting on humanity surviving 500 years is taking a sucker bet. If there isn’t a God who is going to save us by miraculous action, I wouldn’t be surprised if humanity was finished 200 years from now – we’re already dying off as a species at this very moment (one crucial aspect to survival of the species is having children; the global birth rate in 1950 was around 37.2 kids per 1,000 people; as of 2015, it was about 19.4…and if it keeps up, it’ll be 13.4 by 2050).

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In Congress, July 4th, 1776

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness…

…We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.